Saturday January 26, 2019
Narinder Sharma pitted himself against Rob Wise and Glen Rigg in a lone hand for Bundoora against Macleod. Sharma hit 75 of the Bulls’ 170 as Wise (4/48) and Rigg (3/26) cut through the middle order. With no wickets lost prior to stumps, the Eagles will need a further 142 runs next week to give themselves a chance of jumping back into the top four.
Rosanna’s top order delivered in style to have Riverside’s finals chances hanging by a thread at the end of day one. Nick Carlton (67) and Houss Almatrah (61) bankrolled their side’s total of 254 to reinforce Rosanna’s chances of holding onto a top four position for the round.
The top v bottom clash between Diamond Creek and Montmorency went to script as Dale Campbell (101) notched his second century for the season while Justin Benney (98) fell two runs short of the same milestone as the Creek romped to 324.
After its disaster against Epping, Plenty’s batting was back on track with openers Jack Sacchetta (92) and Jack Norman (37) having days to remember against Lower Eltham. The Roos are set to chase 218 next week with the hotly competed fourth spot on the ladder up for grabs.
Epping continue to avoid the post-Christmas speedbumps and will close in on victory against North Eltham next Saturday. The Pingers rolled the Wanderers for just 93 with John Lever taking 4/17 and Rob Tinsley 3/32.
Lower Plenty will look to make it two top four scalps on the bounce when it defends 233 against Banyule next week. The Lions batted deep with John Kulikowski (59), Bill Jenkin (52), Daniel Fielding (29) and Ethan Maddox all contributing.
With finals only a mathematical possibility for both sides, pride will be on the line when Greensborough resumes its chase of 191 against Mernda next week. The Redlegs were saved by Dean Shaw’s 83 and ended the day with the upper hand with two late wickets.
Four Lalor Stars batsmen made starts but only Glen Drummond (64) went on to make a damaging total against Old Paradians. The Stars were all out for 204 as Themi Tilkeridis came out of nowhere to finish with the mighty figures of 6/35.
Eltham came up trumps by four wickets in an Australia Day shoot-out against Bundoora United. The Bulldogs fought their way to 205 with Conlan Gunn (60) and Matt Ross (56) enjoying their time in the middle but could only watch on in horror as the Panthers snuck home with nine balls to spare. Lloyd Mash (89) and Andrew Lamont (36) top-scored in a win that will have Eltham mixing for the top four by the end of the round.
Heidelberg’s Justin Whitcher rewrote records against Mill Park with a staggering 219 in his side’s total of 347. The innings is Whitcher’s personal best as well as being the highest recorded innings by a batsman from both Heidelberg and Money Shield.
Thomastown claimed its first win of the season against South Morang. Daniel Francis stuffed his hand with four wickets and Lukas Francis three as the Lions were bundled out for just 144, whereupon Nick Fellows (53) delivered the needed knock to lead his side to victory.
Hurstbridge took a significant step towards being a premiership contender with a seven-wicket win over Panton Hill. Kussal Edussooriyia and Michael Berry claimed two wickets a piece in the middle of the innings as the Redbacks were left defending just 116. A blazing start from Berry (46) erased whatever chance Panton Hill had as the Bridgers stormed home with eight overs to spare.
A second five wicket haul in as many weeks from Rajitha Mendis has seen Whittlesea chalk up back-to-back wins against Thomastown United. In defence of 157, the Eagles throttled the Lions to win by 58 runs with Mendis taking 5/26.
A century from Laurimar’s Ash Williams wasn’t enough to counter a deep Research Eltham Collegians batting performance that pushed the Collegians to the top of the ladder in Mash Shield. Williams’ 108 formed the heart of Laurimar’s 224 but the accumulative weight of Phil Zumbo (42), Shannon Malone, Josh Turner (both 41), Brixton Timewell (37) and Ben Davies (33) saw the Collegians win by four wickets with three and a half overs in hand.